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A Guide to Art & Design Resources

A guide to research in Art and Design resources

Art & Design Funding Resources

SPIN database

  • SPIN is an extensive research funding opportunity database. Run active as well as automated, daily opportunity notifications.
  • TO ACCESS: Go to and select  in the left sidebar

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Grants provide money, service or equipment for specified purposes, for a project a funder believes in. Accepted grants must be completed as proposed or funding must be returned.

Arts Organizations

Design Organizations

Architecture Organizations

General Organizations

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Fellowships (also stipend grants) provide a sum of money in recognition of previous accomplishments and future promise. Usually "unrestricted" and nothing is expected in return.

Artists' residencies (also called artists' communities, colonies, retreats, workspaces, and studio collectives) provide dedicated time and space for creative work.

Resources at local public libraries

With just a library card, you can gain access to online versions of the Foundation Center databases at our local public libraries. Please contact them for more information.

  • St. Louis Public Library (SLPL) 
  • St. Louis County Library (SLCL) 
    • Foundation Directory Online (In Library Use Only) - Access to detailed information on grantmakers, grants, and grant recipients, as well as access to grantmaker web sites and searchable 990s.
    • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (In Library Use Only) - Find foundations that provide financial support for individual grant seekers


Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a specific cause or project by asking a large number of people to donate money, usually in small amounts, and usually during a relatively short period of time, such as a few months. It is done online, often with social networks, which make easy for supporters to share a cause or project cause with their social networks. Review fees before signing up.

In this webinar, learn best practices to prep, create, launch and market a campaign successfully. "The focus will be on the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, with a heavy emphasis on the best ways to market your campaign. The session will share the basics, so that you walk away with concrete steps that you can take to execute immediately."

Free Online Class

Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts Webinar

This webinar will show you how to identify funders supporting individuals working in the arts. Also touches on grantmaker motivations in funding individual artists, and the variety of support options available.